Building on the success of last year’s inaugural event, this year’s Aviation Data Symposium (Berlin, 19-20 June) will address the challenges and opportunities in aviation data, with the intent of adding content at a more granular level.

“As with the 2017 symposium, tracks will focus on Passenger Sales and Distribution, Safety and Operations, and Airfreight, but the event program will also include more specific use cases, and real-world examples of how users are taking advantage of data in various business functions,” says Charles de Gheldere, IATA’s Director, Financial and Distribution Services.

“In addition, in view of the Berlin location, with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation coming into effect in May, and the high interest expressed last year, additional sessions will be dedicated to issues around data privacy and cybersecurity,” said de Gheldere. 

Without a doubt, aviation is being challenged by the digital revolution

A new feature for 2018 will be an additional one-day event, the IATA AI Lab. It will be devoted to sharing use cases around aviation big data and artificial intelligence and machine learning. Areas include smart airfreight document management, customer experience, cost management, and efficiency improvements in operations and maintenance. For the second year, IATA is teaming with Airlines Reporting Corp. to co-host the Passenger Sales and Distribution track. More than 450 delegates from over 40 countries attended last year’s event and expectations are that ADS 2018 in Berlin will bring together even more aviation and data professionals.

“Without a doubt, aviation is being challenged by the digital revolution. We can’t predict what opportunities or changes it will bring to our businesses, but one thing is clear: the ability to use data effectively and rapidly will be critical to managing through the disruption. We’re very excited to be hosting this important industry event for a second year,” concluded de Gheldere.